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Master in Jazz Studies

Join the Jazz Studies program at Portland State University School of Music and you will become a part of a dynamic and exciting music community. Located in Portland, PSU will provide you not only with performances on campus, but also throughout our vibrant city.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $734 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

As a Jazz Studies major or minor at Portland State University you will have the opportunity to perform with other talented musicians in a jazz ensemble, learn music theory and improvisation techniques, and receive an excellent foundation for your musical career.

Unique Community Experience

You’ll meet other students and faculty at Convocation, which happens on the first Monday of the fall quarter. It’s a fun way to kick off the school year, and will give you plenty of introductory information about your first steps as a Jazz Studies student.

Large and Small Ensembles

Participation in a large jazz ensemble is required starting in your first year. You’re also highly encouraged to join a small group. “Skipping a small group is missing an essential piece of jazz. You’ll feel a part of the community, and it’s fun,” recommends Professor George Colligan.

Performance Opportunities

Between concerts on campus and local gigs in Portland, you can perform as much as you want to. You’ll fit right in at PSU’s School of Music & Theater if you have an unconventional mindset, appreciate an eclectic range of music, and simply love to play.


Courses Included

  • Jazz Literature
  • Applied Music
  • Music History
  • Music since 1960